Moseley

Moseley is amongst the most desirable of Birmingham’s suburbs in which to live and has long been a favourite of professionals who work in the city centre. There is a vibrant, village feel to Moseley and plenty of excellent Arts and Crafts style houses, as well as many cultural links to the area. The area if centred on the crossroads of the Wake Green and Alcester Roads. To the south of Moseley is the attractive area of King’s Heath and Highbury Park, to the west lie Selly Oak and Harborne, and to the east is Sparkhill. A few miles to the north is the city centre of Birmingham.

The historic centre of Moseley is St Mary’s Church on the crossroads. As a small village Moseley appeared in the Domesday Book in 1086, though the area really began to develop the form it has today in the second half of the 19th century and the extension of the railway from the city centre t Moseley. The area became a popular suburb in the later Victorian and Edwardian era for wealthy middle-class businessmen with interests in the industry that surrounded the city centre. Many Arts and Crafts properties and Gothic Revival buildings built at this time still stand including Moseley School on the Wake Green Road. There are also many more recent properties in the area such as flats and residential developments, though Moseley retains the feel of a historic suburb.

The central area now contains art galleries, restaurants, and many pubs, with independent shops and grocery outlets being located along the Alcester Road. There is a farmers’ market held there on the last Saturday of each month that sees 60 stalls selling fresh produce. The village feel is also fostered by the Community Development Trust that invests in the upkeep of the area and the Moseley Society that promotes local heritage events.

There is now no station in Moseley, though nearby at Acock’s Green and Small Heath connections can be caught to take commuters and shoppers into the city centre in just over five minutes. The Alcester Road takes motorists directly into the city centre as well, and in the opposite direction heads southwards out of Birmingham to connect with Junction 3 of the M42.

The area is home to Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club and Moseley Golf Course, and was the historic home of Moseley Rugby Club who now play a few minutes’ away in Billesley. There are several state schools in the area and the nearby independent King Edward’s, Edgbaston is one of the best performing schools in the country.

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